Greetings, Voyagers! Today, I am so excited to share the gorgeous cover of Rati Mehrotra’s kick-ass debut, MARKSWOMAN, which goes on sale in January 2018.
MARKSWOMAN is set in the fictional world of Asiana, a post-apocalyptic rendering of Asia. In Asiana, the peace has long been kept by several orders of knife-wielding female assassins. The blades of these powerful women are known as kataris, and are forged from a rare alien metal that allows each Markswoman a unique, telepathic connection to her weapon.
When we had our initial cover concept meeting, I was clear on what I wanted from our cover look: strong and striking, iconic without being fussy. And, I wanted to feature a katari, as the role of the weapons is pivotal to the story.
Our immensely talented art department executed the look perfectly. I love the glimpse of Asiana’s landscape and the powerful lines of that beautiful blade. And to me, the extra-special touch is the bluish glow around the title. It’s evocative of kalishium, the metal from which kataris are formed.
But of course, it isn’t just my opinion that matters. Here’s what author Rati Mehrotra had to say:
“I love the cover because it both captures and enhances the world of Asiana I so carefully built. The blade is exactly as I imagined a katari to be, a powerful symbol as well as a deadly weapon. I can picture Kyra [the main character] wielding this blade, its force flowing into her, and her thoughts guiding its aim. I also really like how the edge of the blade hangs over the undulating landscape, just above the hint of sunrise. As if, despite the danger inherent in this world, there is a reason to hope.”
MARKSWOMAN pubs on 1/23/18. You can read a full synopsis of the book here. And be sure to let us know what you think of the cover in the comments!